116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Young Adult Literature

Session Chair: 
Taylor D. McCabe, University of California, Irvine
Session 2: Friday 3:20 pm – 4:50 pm
Haggard Hall 232


  1. Charlie Christie, The University of British Columbia (Canada)
    Looking at Hannah Moskowitz’s Not Otherwise Specified as a coming-of-age text interrogating identity creation, and performances related to identity politics. The performative expectations of queer spaces, eating disorders, and the performance arts are examined, as well as bisexual erasure in Young Adult texts. 
  2. Taylor D. McCabe, University of California, Irvine
    This paper explores how theories of sentimentalism may need translation for application to girlhood literature. Given children literature's greater potential for serialization and the economic success therein, how does an author's achievement of "literary spinsterhood" condemn her characters to the marriage plot? Through the sequels to Little Women and Anne of Green Gables, I investigate how girlhood literature troubles sentimentalist framing of marriage as the emotional event that centers women's narratives.
  3. Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College
    Imagine Southern California youth culture in the late 1940s and 1950s, including the pachuco panic of the 1940s, the postwar juvenile delinquent crisis, and Disneyland's Soda Pop Dances of the 1950s. Despite the relative separation of LA teens by class and ethnic identity, ethnic cultural border transgressions did take place, leading inevitably to counter-attempts to tame and contain the era's teen rebels.
Session Cancelled: